UP Energy Task Force

Superior Watershed Partnership

LANSING, MI--    Governor Gretchen Whitmer has appointed an Upper Peninsula woman to the U.P. Energy Task Force. 

Tonya Swenor of Marquette is the energy assistance program manager for the Superior Watershed Partnership. She assists low-income families with energy bills and household energy efficiency programs.

Swenor replaces Emily Leach, who resigned.

HANCOCK, MI--   Three energy providers are scheduled to give presentations at the U.P. Energy Task Force meeting in Hancock Friday. 

The task force was established by an executive order to explore ways to improve energy reliability and affordability in the U.P. It will first focus on methods of providing propane to residents besides Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.

Plains Midstream Canada will give its presentation at 10:30 a.m.; Enbridge will present at 11 a.m.; and SEMCO Energy Gas Company will give its talk at noon.

HANCOCK, MI--   The U.P. Energy Task Force has scheduled a listening session at its meeting in Hancock Friday. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer created the task force to assess the U.P.’s overall energy needs and how they are currently being met; formulate alternative solutions for meeting those needs, with a focus on security, reliability, affordability, and environmental soundness; and identify and evaluate potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution in the U.P.

Energy task force discusses upcoming plans

Jul 11, 2019

MARQUETTE, MI (MPRN)--   The UP Energy Task Force held its first meeting in Marquette this week to discuss energy needs in the Upper Peninsula.

At the meeting the 19-member board discussed what it hoped to tackle over the coming months.

Mike Prusi is with the Governor’s Northern Michigan Office. He says he’s interested in learning about rates.

“How did the UP end up with such disparate utility rates? Why do we pay more than pretty much anywhere else in the country?” he said.

LANSING, MI--   On Friday Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced appointments to the UP Energy Task Force.  

“I’m committed to ensuring UP residents have an energy supply that is affordable, secure, and environmentally sound,” said Whitmer. “The members of this task force have a wide variety of knowledge and perspectives, who will make recommendations to ensure the UP has a reliable propane supply and to identify solutions for lowering costs.”  

MARQUETTE, MI--   The newly created U.P. Energy Task Force will first focus on different methods of providing propane to Upper Peninsula residents. 

That’s according to Liesl Clark, Director of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. She says a quarter of Upper Peninsula residents heat their homes with propane, and officials want to know how a disruption in delivery would affect the region.

Clark says that takes into account the possible decommissioning of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.